Top Pakistani Taliban commander killed in tribal region
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Last Updated: Monday, July 05, 2010, 20:26
Peshawar: A top Pakistani Taliban commander carrying a reward of Rs 20 million was killed in a clash with security forces in the country's northwest tribal region of North Waziristan, a military spokesman said on Monday.

Commander Ameerullah Mehsud alias Langra Qari was killed yesterday in a gun battle in Miranshah, a key town in North Waziristan Agency.

Two security personnel were injured in the shootout.

Mehsud was a commander of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Makeen and Razmak areas of North Waziristan.

He was involved in attacks on security forces, kidnapping for ransom and other "anti-state activities", the military spokesman said.

He was listed at 11 in a list of 19 most-wanted Taliban commanders for whom the government had offered combined rewards of five million dollars for information leading to their capture, dead or alive.

Pakistan conducted a bloody campaign to flush out the militant group out of their base in the South Waziristan tribal region last year.

Many militants are believed to have escaped to North Waziristan and other parts of the lawless tribal belt.

Pakistan military have stepped up the campaigns against the TTP in much of the tribal belt, where the government has little control.


First Published: Monday, July 05, 2010, 20:26

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